Graduate, Yale University and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; PhD in American History, American University. 1984-88, with US State Department, including: with Policy Planning Staff; Principal Speechwriter, Secretary of State George P Shultz; Deputy, Policy, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. Author of monthly column on world affairs, Washington Post. Contributing Editor, Weekly Standard and New Republic. Author: The Return of History and the End of Dreams (2008); Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century (2006). Repeatedly named one of the world's Top 100 Global Thinkers, Foreign Policy magazine.